Rhys is an applied labour economist who has undertaken research on a variety of issues related to employment and the labour market. His research has explored issues related to the gender pay gap, workplace accidents and work-related ill-health, the early careers of graduates, job quality and job satisfaction, and the determinants of union membership. He has also contributed to evaluation of several labour market programmes in Wales. Within ADR Wales, Rhys is the Academic Lead for the Skills and Employability research theme. This work focuses on the transitions made by young people following their completion of compulsory education, their participation in post-compulsory education and training, and the role of careers guidance in supporting these transitions. Prior to joining WISERD, he worked at the Institute for Employment Research at Warwick University (1999-2006) and the Office for National Statistics (2006-09) where he managed the day-to-day operations of what is now referred to as the Secure Research Service.